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Holidays and Events in Abu Dhabi

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Since Islamic holidays are based on a system that follows the moon cycles rather than the Gregorian calendar, you'll want to be familiar with the lunar calendar when planning a trip in the UAE. Beyond the holy days, many entertaining races, concerts, and feasts happen during the winter months when the weather cools down and outdoor venues open up. Anytime of year, though, the weekend starts on Friday—a perfect time to celebrate with brunch at your favorite hotel.
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Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
In 2011, the Formula 1 Race was scheduled at Yas Island the weekend of my visit to Abu Dhabi. Yas Island is the destination for events, concerts and luxury hotels in town. The track and event was in close proximity to where I worked, so, when...
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It's no wonder that last year, the same company that handles fireworks at Rio de Janeiro's New Year celebrations was on hand to put on a show for Abu Dhabi. Two days in December are dedicated to celebrating the day when the seven trucial sheikdoms...
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When the weather cools down for the winter, a day away at the Taste of Abu Dhabi is perfection. Enjoying the City's clear blue skies, sampling food, and taking a spin around the wares for local artisans puts a festival spirit in everyone's smile....
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If you are in Abu Dhabi in late November through December, you cannot miss the enthusiam for the Nation. The United Arab Emirates is a young country and sports its colors prominently on nearly every tower and home. Lights in red, black, green, and...
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Sheik Khalifa Bin Zayed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
It's a bit tricky to travel in the Islamic world during Ramadan. Most restaurants are closed during the day and people end up lethargic by the end of the day. Iftar, the fast-breaking meal served at the evening call to prayer makes the daytime...
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Lovely ambiance, casual poolside atmosphere, and beautiful and sumptuous foods greet you at Nahaam. The restaurant in Jumeirah Hotel at Etihad Towers features an internationally inspired menu with stir fry, hamburgers, pizzas, and traditional...
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Hessa bint Mohamed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Not as glamorous as Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi or the new royal residence taking shape in the Capital, the Al Ain Palace, former home to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his family, is equally as interesting. The palace grounds are quite...
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Each year in December, one of the local churches hosts an event in the desert dunes outside of Abu Dhabi to celebrate Christmas by singing carols in the desert. People arrive by 4x4 with picnic dinners to enjoy before the sun goes down in a...
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Yas Leisure Dr, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
If you're looking for something to do, particularly in the cooler winter months, check out the schedule of things to do at du Arena. An outdoor venue (that is cooled in the summertime), the arena hosts all sorts of live entertainment events from...
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Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street - Al Hosn - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
There is nothing quite like taking a trip down heritage lane. The Qasr Al Hosn festival, is a culmination of all things historic about the Emirati way of life. A 10 day educational event that always takes place at the first permanent stone watch...